Straight Ahead (Amy Grant album)

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Straight Ahead
Studio album by Amy Grant
Released 1984
Recorded 1983-1984 Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO
Genre Gospel/Christian
Length 38:36
Label Myrrh
Producer Brown Bannister
Amy Grant chronology
A Christmas Album
Straight Ahead
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Straight Ahead is the eighth album by Christian music artist Amy Grant, released in 1984. This was Grant's final album on Myrrh Records; she would later strike a record deal with A&M Records.[citation needed]

Straight Ahead was the follow-up to Grant's ground-breaking 1982 album Age to Age. Containing songs that were more aggressive than the ones found on Age to Age, Straight Ahead was not as commercially successful as its predecessor. Nonetheless, it still topped Billboard's Christian album chart for sixty-one weeks, knocking Age to Age from the number-one position. The song "Angels" was also a No. 1 Christian radio hit for thirteen weeks, and won a Grammy Award for "Best Gospel Performance, Female." Straight Ahead would be certified gold in 1985. The song "Thy Word" is based on Psalm 119:105.[2]

In 2007, Straight Ahead was reissued and digitally remastered by Grant's new record label, EMI/Sparrow Records. The remastered edition is labeled with a "Digitally Remastered" logo in the 'gutter' on the CD front.[3]

Straight Ahead was the first Christian album to chart on the Billboard pop album chart. A&M reissued it in 1985, just as Grant was appearing on the Grammy Awards performing "Angels".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Where Do You Hide Your Heart"   Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith 3:57
2. "Jehovah"   Geoffrey P. Thurman 5:57
3. "Angels"   Grant, Brown Bannister, Gary Chapman, Smith 4:10
4. "Straight Ahead"   Grant, Chapman, Smith 3:47
5. "Thy Word"   Grant, Smith 3:19
6. "It's Not a Song"   Robbie Buchanan, Chapman 3:27
7. "Open Arms"   Grant, Chapman, Bruce Hibbard 3:22
8. "Doubly Good to You"   Rich Mullins 3:12
9. "Tomorrow"   Grant, Chapman, Hibbard 3:24
10. "The Now and the Not Yet"   Pam Mark Hall 3:36


  • Amy Grant: Vocals.
  • Gary Chapman: Guitar, Background Vocals.
  • Jon Goin: Guitar, Guitars.
  • Dann Huff: Guitars.
  • Dean Parks: Guitar.
  • Duncan Mullins: Bass.
  • Robbie Buchanan: Piano, Arranger, Keyboards, Fender Rhodes.
  • Michael W. Smith: Piano, Keyboards.
  • Shane Keister: Organ, Synthesizer.
  • Alan Steinberger: Synthesizer.
  • Paul Leim: Drums.
  • Kenny Malone: Drums.
  • Lenny Castro: Percussion.
  • Farrell Morris: Percussion.
  • Debra Black: Background Vocals.
  • Bill Champlin: Background Vocals.
  • Kim Fleming: Background Vocals.
  • Steve George: Background Vocals.
  • Richard Page: Background Vocals.
  • Chris Harris: Background Vocals.
  • Mark Mason: Background Vocals.
  • Marty McCall: Background Vocals.
  • Donna McElroy: Background Vocals.
  • Gary Pigg: Background Vocals.
  • Billy Sprague: Background Vocals.
  • David Thornton: Background Vocals.
  • Carmen Twillie: Background Vocals.


  • Producer: Brown Bannister
  • Executive Producer: Michael Blanton, Dan Harrell, Gary Chapman.
  • Engineer: Jack Joseph Puig, Jim Baird, Kevin Burns, Gene Eichelberger, Steven Ford, Jerry Mahler.
  • Arranger: Alan Moore
  • Design: Michael Borum, Dennis Hill
  • Photography: Mike Borum, Aaron Rapoport.



GMA Dove Awards

Year Winner Category
1985 Straight Ahead Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1985 "Angels" Best Gospel Performance, Female

Chart procession[edit]

Preceded by
Not of this World by Petra
Billboard Top Contemporary Christian number-one album
March 31, 1984 – May 25, 1985
Succeeded by
Beat The System by Petra


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  2. ^ "Thy Word Songfacts". Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ Sparrow Records News[dead link]
  4. ^ "Top Christian Albums - 1980's". Retrieved February 27, 2014.